Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org Respond / Sustain / Thrive Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://baitulmaal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-bulmfav-32x32.png Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org 32 32 Dear Healthcare Professionals, Thank You! https://baitulmaal.org/dear-healthcare-professionals-thank-you/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:57:36 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=10379

Assalaamu alaikum,

Let’s take a moment and thank Allah (swt) for everything we have. Let’s take a moment to count our blessings, even though we will never be able to count them all. Let’s take a moment to cherish the mercy of Allah (swt), to remember Allah (swt) and to seek refuge in Allah (swt).

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, we should also remember to thank those on the front lines of this pandemic. Doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare professionals who put themselves at risk so they can save lives.

Life is so precious and saving a life is so noble that Allah (swt) says: “…and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)

Let’s count our healthcare professionals among our blessings. And let’s pray that Allah (swt) protects them and helps them treat those who are sick. We pray that Allah (swt) heals them all, ameen.

We are proud to have many doctors and other medical professionals as donors. On behalf of everyone at Baitulmaal, we thank you.

If you know a healthcare professional who is battling this pandemic, please be sure to call, email or text them to thank them for everything they are doing for us. Their efforts are serving us all.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

Thank you for your service to humanity during these difficult times. May Allah (swt) keep you safe, ameen.

May Allah (swt) keep us all safe. 

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director
Baitulmaal, Inc.
Respond / Sustain / Thrive

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Baitulmaal Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-launches-covid-19-emergency-relief-fund/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:23:19 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9842

COVID-19 IS HITTING THOSE WITH THE LEAST THE HARDEST

Assalaamu alaikum 

Healthcare officials and government authorities are advising people to stay home, restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery, theaters to close and public events to cancel. 

But there are many people who can’t afford to stay home, who can’t afford to not work. Many in America and around the world are getting sick and having to self-quarantine, which means they lose one, two or more paychecks. COVID-19 is hitting those with the least the hardest.  

Baitulmaal has started a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help people suffering during this pandemic. This includes your neighbors who can’t work but still need to make ends meet. This includes refugees who are suffering because aid deliveries are becoming more difficult. This includes immigrants who depend on hourly wages to feed their families. This includes the elderly who can’t leave their homes to get basic necessities like food, medicine and soap. 

Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:  

“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.”  (al-Sunan al-Kubra 19049) 

In the spirit of our faith, we are asking you to give generously to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. So many people are in urgent need, and so many people can benefit from the assistance you provide during these difficult times.  

And let’s remember that giving charity is as much for ourselves as for others.  

Allah (swt) says in the Quran:  

But he has not broken through the difficult pass. And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass? It is the freeing of a slave, Or feeding on a day of severe hunger, An orphan of near relationship, Or a needy person in misery, And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.
(Surah Al-Balad, Ayah 11-18) 

Can they count on you to give your most generous gift today? 

May Allah protect you and your family. May Allah heal those who are sick. May Allah protect us from poverty and calamity.  

Thank you for your generosity. May Allah continue to bless you and your loved ones.   

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director

P.S. Please act urgently because the need is urgent. 

Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible (IRS Tax ID: 20-0942434). 

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Let’s Keep Compassion Flowing During COVID-19 https://baitulmaal.org/lets-keep-compassion-flowing-during-covid-19/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 18:13:03 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9722

We will continue providing aid and implement safeguards in response to this pandemic, and we urgently need your help today!

Assalaamu alaikum.

DALLAS, March 14, 2020 — On March 11, the UN World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 13, the U.S. government declared the pandemic a national emergency.

At Baitulmaal, we are monitoring the situation and developing plans to deal with how COVID-19 impacts our work and the people we serve. This includes monitoring news reports, communicating with our field representatives and responding to needs in the safest way possible.

Like many nonprofit organizations in our sector, we rely on the compassion and generosity of our community members, and we receive much of this support at local community events around the country.

Out of concern for the safety of our community, we are canceling all public events starting today until March 30, 2020. As this date approaches, we will reassess the situation and make a decision regarding events moving forward.

During this time, we urgently need your donations to help those in need around the world.

  • Palestinians in Gaza will still have virtually no access to uncontaminated water unless we continue providing clean drinking water to the 300 water tanks we service each week.
  • Syrians in make-shift camps inside their country and refugee camps in neighboring countries still need food and water to survive unless we continue providing emergency aid to Syrian refugees.
  • Internally displaced Yemenis are still struggling in near-famine conditions, many with no access to food or medicine unless we continue to provide emergency aid in Yemen.
  • People struggling with poverty and hunger are facing Ramadan fasts without knowing where their next iftar or suhor is coming from unless we act now.
  • People in other parts of the world still need our help, especially now that providing humanitarian aid is becoming more challenging.

Can we count on you to make your most generous donation today?

We are asking our donors to give generously today because we must continue providing aid in a safe manner during this crisis.

Here is what we need from you today:

  1. Make dua ask Allah to keep us healthy in body, mind and faith.
  2. Bookmark the CDC COVID-19 website to stay informed about this pandemic and learn what you can do to help stop the spread of this virus.
  3. Make a tax-deductible, zakat-eligible donation to Baitulmaal today so we can continue providing humanitarian aid to those in need during this crisis.
  4. Share this message with all your friends and family members (social, email, text).
  5. Ask all your friends and family members to join you in donating to Baitulmaal.

We have a duty to work together to prevent the spread of this virus while still providing for those who are in desperate need around the world. We will get through this together, insha’Allah.

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director

P.S. Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19.

Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.

 

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Baitulmaal Board Member on COVID-19 Medical Response Team in Pakistan https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-board-member-on-covid-19-medical-response-team-in-pakistan/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:16:07 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9679

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, March 11, 2020 — The Punjab government selected Baitulmaal board vice chair Iqbal Hussain, MD, along with the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute in Lahore as one of the area’s COVID-19 medical teams leading the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak that started in China.

The Institute, where Dr. Iqbal is the Chairman of Critical Care Medicine, will serve as a COVID-19 response center in Lahore, Pakistan. While Lahore has so far had no reported cases of COVID-19, establishing medical response teams is part of the country’s strategic plan to prevent an outbreak in Pakistan.

“Prevention is vital to preventing the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr. Iqbal. “It’s a good time for good hygiene practices like washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or hand shakes.”

Baitulmaal executive director Mazen Mokhtar said having leaders in areas from healthcare to logistics serving on the charity’s board is an advantage few organizations enjoy.

“Having access to this level of talent truly helps the organization excel in delivering quality services to under-served populations around the world,” said Mokhtar.

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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930 Rohingya Refugees Receive Emergency Winter Relief https://baitulmaal.org/930-rohingya-refugees-receive-emergency-winter-relief/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:12:05 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9569

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH, February 25, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed an emergency winter aid for Rohingya refugees who fled the ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by Myanmar military forces.

Field workers distributed donor-funded winter packages and food packages to 930 individuals struggling with hunger and cold conditions inside camps in the state of Cox’s Bazar along the southeastern border of Bangladesh.

“Camp tents and shelters just don’t provide adequate protection from the cold during the winter months,” said Elizabeth Sohail, Programs Manager for Baitulmaal. “The assistance our donors enable us to provide gives survivors hope as they struggle to put their lives back together.”

More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” At least 354 Rohingya villages inside Myanmar have been burned to the ground or partially destroyed by the Myanmar military in their attempt to rid the country of all Muslims in the guide of national security.

Prior to this recent aid delivery, Baitulmaal provided more than 590,000 meals, funding for shelters and winter assistance for over 15,000 Rohingya refugees.

If you would like to learn more or to contribute to the emergency relief programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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We’re sorry we missed your call, but… https://baitulmaal.org/were-sorry-we-missed-your-call-but/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:01:44 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9244

Assalaamu alaikum,

We recently moved to a larger office space to accommodate Baitulmaal’s phenomenal growth. Last year we provided 104% more humanitarian aid than we did in the previous year. That is truly amazing and we thank Allah (swt) and our donors for enabling Baitulmaal to turn your compassion into hope for people in need around the world.

During our move, we did have one hiccup. We are upgrading our phones to help us provide better service to our donors, but in the process of this upgrade our phones went down. This means that some donors who were trying to reach us by phone were unable to.

We apologize for any inconvenience this caused you. We should be able to receive phone calls now, but please email info@baitulmaal.org if you don’t get through. We will respond to you promptly.

We’re still in the process of upgrading our phone system, so the lines may go up and down over the next week But after that, we will be much better equipped to answer the call to service, insha’Allah.

I thank you for your patience and continued support.

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director
Baitulmaal, Inc.
https://baitulmaal.org
Respond / Sustain / Thrive

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Emergency Winter Relief in Ibb Yemen 2019 https://baitulmaal.org/emergency-winter-relief-in-ibb-yemen-2019/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:01:19 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9152
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400 Blankets for 100 Families in Yemen https://baitulmaal.org/400-blankets-for-100-families-in-yemen/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 21:28:27 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9021

IBB, YEMEN, February 12, 2020 —Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed a winter blanket distribution in war-torn Yemen where internally displaced Yemenis are struggling with cold weather without adequate shelter.

Yemenis fleeing the violence often leave their homes with little more than the clothes they are wearing. When they find a community of fellow displaced families, there is rarely shelter available. Many Yemeni families have to craft together shelters from debris they find nearby.

In these conditions, winter months are especially difficult. Baitulmaal worked with its partners and field workers inside Yemen to distribute 400 blankets to 100 displaced families in Ibb, Yemen.

“It gets cold in Ibb, especially at night,” said Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager for Baitulmaal. “These families need winter assistance as well as food, medicine and other aid and we feel blessed to have donors who help us make these deliveries possible.”

Baitulmaal recently funded a medical mission with IMANA Medical Relief that provided healthcare screenings, treatments and medicine to more than 900 displaced Yemenis. Baitulmaal was also featured in news outlets across the country for sponsoring a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian relief in Yemen.

If you would like to learn more or to contribute to the emergency relief programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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Stove Heaters Warm Classrooms in Syria https://baitulmaal.org/stove-heaters-warm-classrooms-in-syria/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:41:14 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=8812

IDLIB, SYRIA, January 23, 2020 — Baitulmaal field workers recently finished installing gas stove heaters for around 560 students in three schools inside war-torn Syria.

According to the Assistance Coordination Unit “Schools in Syria” report, parents are reluctant to send their children to school because many schools in Syria are poorly equipped or damaged from the conflict. This leaves children at risk of losing interest in education, which may significantly limit their opportunities later in life.

An estimated 2.1 million children and youth no longer attend school in Syria because of the ongoing civil war. Roughly 3.3 million who do attend school need educational assistance.

Before the war, Syria had a good educational system. By 2011, 91% of children ages 6 to 11 were enrolled in school. By 2015, that rate plummeted to 37% because of the war (source: UNESCO).

Baitulmaal representatives said such educational support makes a significant, positive impact for Syrian children struggling to survive and thrive amidst the conflict.

“When schools don’t have heaters to warm the classrooms, students are either less likely to attend or they have difficulty concentrating,” said Elizabeth Sohail, Programs Manager for Baitulmaal. “These new heaters are bringing new life into these classrooms and hope for over 500 students in Syria.”

Sohail said Baitulmaal previously delivered another school-support aid package of solar power systems and computers for schools inside Syria. She said anyone interested in supporting this effort can do so through the Baitulmaal website at baitulmaal.org/donate.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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Help heat schools for Syrian students. 

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Somalia Hospital is Expanding, Medical Storage https://baitulmaal.org/somalia-hospital-is-expanding-medical-storage/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:26:00 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=8777

Good news! Bandiiradley Hospital in Somalia is adding a new building with three temperature-controlled storage units that will store medical supplies and medications at three different temperatures. This is a major upgrade that will greatly increase the hospital’s capacity for treating patients.

You can be a part of this growth with a generous donation today.

The rural town of Bandiiradley is located in central Somalia. The closest hospital is approximately 70 km (43.5 miles) from Bandiiradley. With poverty widespread in the region, people without access to cars have no way to seek emergency medical care. To make matters worse, the privatization of Somalia’s healthcare system has made medical care financially inaccessible for most living in such poverty.

At Bandiiradley Hospital, doctors perform more than 21,000 patient assessments and treatments per year, most of whom are pregnant women and children.

Join the effort to provide healthcare for vulnerable Somalis. Give generously today.

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